About Us

Joan Broderick Bsc, PGDip.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)

I am a qualified counsellor, cognitive behaviour psychotherapist.  I work in a holistic way because of my experience in several different fields of psychology, counselling, health,  mindfulness and complementary therapy. 

Qualifiing  in holistic therapist  nutrition, massage, Reiki, Nes health Practitioner.  I am also a Bach/Australian Bush practitioner, working with remedies for the emotions, mind, body and spirit. I believe when counselling my clients that the whole person, body, mind and spirit needs helping.  I have found through experience that when you look at all aspects of your life your wellbeing improves. This is one of the reasons I have studied different modalities to integrate in my counselling and adapt them according to my clients’ needs. I feel having a range of therapy to offer helps to understand clients and enhances the quality of the counselling relationship. 

How I can help you

I offer a person centred approach to therapy as I believe that we all have the ability within us to heal and make changes in our lives, with reassurance in a safe and confidential environment. I take a therapeutic approach that is non-judgmental, empathetic, caring and supportive, where you will be heard, valued and understood. I will offer you the time and space to explore your difficulties and the opportunity to discover new ways to understand the meanings of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.

My experience 

In my 25 years of experience I have worked with many individuals from diverse backgrounds and the difficulties that they have endured. Some of which include, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, grief, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar, depression, anger and domestic violence. 

Dyslexia Counselling 

I have a particular interest in dyslexia and fully appreciate the emotional repercussions that accompany what is commonly known as a learning difficulty. Many people with dyslexia seem to have a sense of being imprisoned and restricted due to their struggles with reading and writing. Having slow processing skills causes frustration, profoundly effecting a person’s confidence and feeling of self-worth. There are several specific emotions and difficulties commonly associated with dyslexia. Anxiety is the most frequent emotion suffered. Some adults may be so deeply affected that they become depressed. Many adults may feel a sense of shame carried through from the years when they were often labelled and written off as ‘lazy’, or ‘unwilling to learn’. Through my understanding of dyslexia and counselling we can explore these difficulties and discover your dyslexic advantages together. 


Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc Hons Degree Applied Psychology Counselling and health
  • Cognitive behaviour Psychotherapy 
  • Postgragduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement Training, 
  • Therapeutic Counselling Diploma (ABC leave 4 )
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Practitioner in integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT). 
  • NCFE Level 2 in in mental health Awareness.
  • ABC Counselling Concepts 
  • Holistic therapies award 
  • Petitioner In Dr Bach remedies 
  • Intensive practitioner training in Australian Bush Flower Essences
  • Aromatherapy Massage (Diploma)
  • Indian Head (Diploma) 
  • Nutritional Advice (Diploma)
  • Reiki healing 

As part of my Continuing Professional Development I have received training in the following areas:

  • Trauma and Somatic Experiencing
  • Healthy body and mind
  • Body language 
  • 30 module Training Programme Steps  to leadership 
  • Existential Touchstones - the Bridge between the Core Conditions and Presence
  • Cultural Awareness 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Awareness
  • Safeguarding 
  • Patient confidentiality
  • Secure Handling of Confidential Information
  • Assertiveness skills 
  • Effective team working 
  • Self- management and coping strategies  for carers  
  •  Dyslexia Awareness 
  • Research project Dyslexia and anxiety 
  • Research project Dyslexia and self-esteem 
  • Research Investigation in to the main theories on dyslexia
  • Australian Bush Advanced practitioners on remedies for mental  and emotional wellbeing 
  • Australian Bush Advanced practitioners work shop studying happy health children. 
  • Hopi Ear Candles
  • Reflexology for autism  
  • Introduction to Kinesiology 
  • Introduction to crystal therapy 
  • ·Introductory on flower formulas.  

 Areas of Counselling I work with 

  • Abortion
  • Abuse 
  • Addiction 
  • Alcoholism
  • Anger management 
  • Anxiety 
  • Attachment disorder 
  • Bereavement 
  • Bullying
  • Carer support
  • Child related issues 
  • Depression 
  • Disabilities 
  • Dissociation 
  • Domestic violence 

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy 
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy 
  • Holistic counselling 
  • Humanistic therapy
  • Integrative therapy  
  • Mindfulness 
  • Person-centered therapy 

Other therapy 

  • Nes Health Treatment 
  • mi-health Treatment for Pain 
  • Buch/Australian Bush Remedies 
  • Reiki 
  • Nutritional advice 


Margaret Widdup Bsc


Following my degree, I have worked with my sister Joan doing V.R mindfulness and group work, as well as working with the Nes health scanning system, infoceuticals and the mihealth  device. During these sessions we have supported people from a diverse background with their difficulty's. I have helped people with mental health issues who have suffered from stress, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic stress disorder, (PTSD), depression, pain and disabilities. By learning how people work emotionally, I can help to examine their issues and identify the underlying emotional pain and help them to work through it with mindfulness VR.

I also work for the patient transport service and during the past 7 years transporting patients, I have had the pleasure of meeting many people of all ages. However, the people I meet are often at their most vulnerable time in their lives. Having transferred people with mental health issues from personality disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and many more. I have also transferred people who are anxious, frightened, upset and angry with life. It has been most rewarding to help them through these difficulties. I have also had the pleasure of transporting children and young adults with major physical and learning disabilities, from 3 years upwards to school, college and appointments. 

I am inspired by how people of all ages cope in such difficult circumstance, keeping their spirits up and supporting others they meet on their journey through their illnesses. 

Education & Qualifications

l Degree Applied Psychology Counselling and Health. 

l Child Psychology. 

l NVQ Level 2 Childcare & Development. .  

l Certificates in: Human Growth Development, 

l Principles of Care and Health Studies.

l Mental Health.

I Nes Health Practitioner.

Professional development

l Mindfulness Practices. 

l Health & Learning Disability.

l First Aid in the work place.